Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry headed for Jeddah on Tuesday evening to participate in the preparatory meetings of the Arab League at the level of foreign ministers, as part of the preparation for the 32nd ordinary session of the Arab League at the summit level, scheduled to be held on 19 January in Saudi Arabia.
The Foreign Minister will participate on Wednesday in the meetings of the Arab Foreign Ministers, which will consider the agenda and draft resolutions presented at the summit, in addition to the participation of Minister Sameh Shoukry in a number of ministerial committees concerned with a number of issues in the region.
Ambassador Abu Zeid, the Foreign Ministry’s official spokesman, said that the upcoming Arab summit is taking place against a backdrop of enormous challenges facing the region, aggravated by the current international crisis, which requires the Arab countries to continue to play a leading role in dealing with the region’s crises in the hope of achieving security, stability and prosperity for the Arab peoples.
On the other hand, Minister Shoukry received on Tuesday his Mauritanian counterpart Mohamed Salem Ould Marzouk at the Foreign Ministry headquarters in Cairo.
Ambassador Abu Zeid, said that Minister Shoukry pointed to the continuous development of relations between Egypt and Mauritania, and looked forward to the holding of the Joint Higher Committee at the level of foreign ministers as soon as possible.
He also expressed Egypt’s keenness to strengthen economic cooperation between the two sides in various fields and to increase the volume of trade and investments, especially in the sectors of fisheries, agriculture, livestock and pharmaceutical industry.
The Foreign Minister stressed the importance of continued cooperation between the two countries in the field of combating terrorism.
On the other hand, he stressed Egypt’s openness to provide technical support to Mauritania in various vital sectors, including industry, health and education, highlighting the existing cooperation between the two countries in the field of university education and scholarships provided to Mauritanian students in Egyptian universities and Al-Azhar.
The two ministers also discussed a number of regional issues of common interest, notably the situation in Sudan, Libya and Syria.
For his part, the Mauritanian Minister of Foreign Affairs expressed his great appreciation for the bilateral relations between the two brotherly countries, and Mauritania’s keenness to continue to advance cooperation with Egypt in various fields.
The two ministers agreed to continue to work together to push relations between Egypt and Mauritania to a higher level.